poverty

Marijuana
8:22 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Washington Welfare Cards Used At Two Pot Stores In July

Marijuana is now for sale legally in Washington state licensed retail stores. It's illegal, though, to use welfare cards in those stores, as two people did in July according to the state.

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 3:21 pm

In the first month of legal, recreational marijuana sales in Washington, two welfare clients withdrew cash at pot stores using their electronic benefits transfer cards in violation of state law.

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Seattle Housing
2:52 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Under New Housing Proposal, Rents Will Rise Even If Income Doesn't

Ross Reynolds talks with Andrew Lofton, Seattle Housing Authority executive director, about a new proposal that would change how tenants are charged for rent. Also, Marcie Sillman gets reaction to the proposal from Jonathan Grant, executive director of the Tenants Union of Washington State.

Native Americans
3:10 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

The Tangled Web Of Payday Lenders On Tribal Lands

David Hyde talks with financial consultant Shawn Spruce, a member of the Pueblo tribe in New Mexico, about the intersection of payday lenders and Native American tribes.

Payday lenders are increasingly situating themselves on tribal lands across the country to skirt state laws, ensnaring Washington residents. Many tribes are working to save their members from unscrupulous loans.

Homelessness
2:43 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Why The City Of Arlington Outlawed Panhandling

Flickr Photo/Blake Burkhart (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Bruce Stedman, Arlington's acting police chief, and Doug Honig, ACLU of Washington's communications director, about the city's strict new approach to panhandling.

Education
6:03 am
Sun June 15, 2014

How Trauma Affects The Brain Of A Learner

Chronic stress can cause deficiencies in the pre-frontal cortex, which is essential for learning.
John M Flickr

Our public media colleagues over at KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, have a fascinating two-part report on the efforts of schools in the Los Angeles area to address the effects of "toxic stress" on student learning.

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Never-Ending Cycle
12:34 am
Wed May 7, 2014

The Changing Picture Of Poverty: Hard Work Is 'Just Not Enough'

Victoria Houser of Painted Post, N.Y., is raising her son, Brayden, on her own. She says she feels stuck in a never-ending cycle, constantly worried that one financial emergency will send everything tumbling down.
Pam Fessler NPR

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 2:27 pm

There are 46 million poor people in the U.S., and millions more hover right above the poverty line — but go into many of their homes, and you might find a flat-screen TV, a computer or the latest sneakers.

And that raises a question: What does it mean to be poor in America today?

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Food Insecurity
9:17 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Food Pantries On The Rise To Help 'Starving Students'

The University District Food Bank has seen more students in recent years. Rising cost of tuition and living expenses have made it hard for students to buy food.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

The expression “starving students” is not just a cliché. It’s real.

Researchers call this situation “food insecurity,” and it’s a concern that affects schools across the country, including many in the Pacific Northwest. A recent study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that 59 percent of students at Western Oregon University were going hungry.

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Steinbeck's Classic
7:24 am
Mon April 14, 2014

'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless

Dust Bowl farmer drives a tractor with his son near Cland, N.M. (1938). Steinbeck writes: "The tractors came over the roads and into the fields, great crawlers moving like insects, having the incredible strength of insects ... monsters raising the dust and sticking their snouts into it, straight down the country ... through fences, through dooryards, in and out of gullies in straight lines."
Dorothea Lange Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:42 pm

Much has been said and written about the Dust Bowl, but if you want to get a visceral feel for how it all began and the way it affected the people who experienced it, you need go no further than the opening pages of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath:

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Poverty
8:45 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Juggling Work And Motherhood On A Shoestring Budget

Katrina Gilbert, a single mother raising Brooklynn, Trent and Lydia, says she got involved with an HBO documentary to inspire others.
Barbara Kinney/Courtesy of HBO

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 7:06 pm

There are more than 4 million American families living under the poverty line today that are led by a single mother. Katrina Gilbert is one of those moms.

Gilbert is a certified nursing assistant in Tennessee. To support her three children, she sometimes works seven days a week at a nursing home. But at $10 an hour, her paycheck doesn't go very far.

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Combatting Hunger
12:38 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

'Breakfast After The Bell' Program Ensures Morning Meal For All Students

From Highline Public Schools' Facebook page

When you were a kid, your mom probably insisted you eat breakfast before school.

Studies show she was right; students who eat breakfast do better academically. Still, many kids go without – especially those living in poverty.

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Making Ends Meet
12:26 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Social Supermarkets A 'Win-Win-Win' For Europe's Poor

A customer scans the shelves at Community Shop, the U.K.'s first "social supermarket." The discount grocery stores are growing in popularity across Europe and are open exclusively to those in need.
Courtesy of Community Shop

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:57 pm

Somewhere between a food pantry and a traditional grocery store lies an opportunity to help feed those in need.

Enter "social supermarkets," a European model that offers discounted food exclusively to those in poverty. The stores have grown in popularity across the continent, and this week, the U.K. opened its first. Dubbed Community Shop, the store is located in an impoverished former mining town in South Yorkshire.

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Cash Assistance
8:31 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Washington Welfare Rolls Hit Record Low

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 5:09 pm

The number of families on cash assistance in Washington has hit an all-time low. This follows a spike in welfare enrollment less than three years ago.

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Socioeconomics
1:10 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

How Many Americans Live In Poverty?

Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 12:11 pm

As we reported earlier this year, there are some big problems with the way poverty is measured in this country.

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Author Interview
3:32 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

40 Years To Combat Hunger

Howard G. Buffet's book "40 Chances."

Ross Reynolds talks with Howard G. Buffet, son of financier Warren Buffet, who has recently published a book titled "40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World," which is about his quest to help those who lack food security all over the world under a tough, self-imposed deadline: 40 years.

Food Stamps
2:01 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Reductions To SNAP Puts Pressure On Food Banks

Tukwila Pantry Executive Director Joe Tice stocks the tables with canned goods in 2011.
Flickr Photo/USDAgov

Steve Scher talks with Jeannie Falls, executive director of Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank, about how SNAP reductions will affect food bank operations.

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